SAM: Community Programs Associate

JOB TITLE Community Programs Associate

OVERVIEW: Design, initiate, and facilitate collaborative partnerships and programs for communities and organizations at the Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Seattle Asian Art Museum that center equity, engagement and excellence.


REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Public Programs

Seattle Art Museum is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Support and coordinate community-connected programs and partnerships including events related to SAM’s collection and special exhibitions.
  • Sustain and coordinate ongoing programs like Community Gallery exhibitions, Community Opening Celebrations, and hosted events such as Dia de los Muertos, Kijiji Night, and CD Forum Kitchen Sessions.
  • Act as point person for community partnership inquiries and strategize across divisions to develop meaningful, reciprocal relationships geared towards long-term impact.
  • Cultivate responsive relationships with a diverse range of local organizations and cultural workers to build partnerships and develop new programming relevant to Seattle communities and SAM’s collection and special exhibitions.
  • Research and respond to best practices locally and nationally related to partnership development and community-centered programming.
  • Working closely with School & Educator programs staff, oversee Art Beyond Sight program administration.
  • Work closely with communications and admissions to manage community pass program and outreach.
  • Recruit, schedule, and supervise interns, temporary staff, and event volunteers.
  • Coordinate programming with the museum’s operations staff including security, AV, facilities, and Taste catering.
  • Collaborate with marketing and other departments on promotional activities. Write program copy for web and print publication, and assist in editing and proofreading.
  • Accurately track relevant budget information and data to assure operations are within or below budgeted amounts, coding of all invoices, reviewing expenses and revenues, and checking monthly balance statements.
  • Represent Education & Public Programs Division at meetings and programs; present information on the museum’s programs to the public, partners, and museum professionals.
  • Represent SAM offsite at partner programs including tabling and outreach opportunities.
  • Establish and maintain regular flow of information within the Education and Public Programs Division (at all three sites) and with other areas through meetings and email correspondence. Serve as a liaison between other divisions within the museum and department regarding matters related to public programs and partnerships.
  • Work with Division Assistant to compile and analyze statistics on attendance, revenue, and expense for divisional records and reports.
  • Assume other responsibilities as requested or as needed by the museum.


  • Advanced degree preferred in related field including art administration, art education, studio art, art history, social work, public administration, nonprofit leadership, or the equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in local contemporary artist communities including performance, music, literary, and visual art.
  • Familiarity with neighborhoods, communities, and relevant organizations (both public and private) in the region.
  • Knowledge of best practices and policies related to equitable community organizing, education, and outreach. Working knowledge of innovative cultural programming and museum practice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity work.
  • Three – five years relevant work experience. Programming experience in an arts organization or related cultural organization preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone.
  • Knowledge of volunteer management; program development and administration; budget development and management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with and accuracy in using MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access and other related software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to motivate self.
  • Ability to assess priorities, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving and analytic skills.
  • Maintain work schedule that includes evening and weekend hours as necessary.
  • Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to adhere to Museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

The Seattle Art Museum will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties. Please contact the Human Resource Department for additional information.

TO APPLY: Please visit for specific instructions on how to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: September 15, 2018